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dr. carson: thank you. thank you. we are delighted to be with you. thanks for all the hard work. jennifer and rick, all the the leadership program of the rockies, everybody who has done such a fabulous job in putting this together. you know, america is still a place of dreams. there are a lot of people who try to denigrate our country because there may have been things that has happened in the past that were not particularly flattering, but that is not because there's anything wrong with our country. it is because there was something wrong with people from time to time. people inhabit the country. any country in the world has people and has problems. of the united states of america is an absolutely wonderful
place. the fact of the matter is you will notice there are a whole bunch of people trying to get in here but not a lot of people trying to get out, so that you try to tell you something about how great a place it actually is. an exceptional nation. before our nation came on the scene 100, 1000, 5000 years, people did the same exact thing. within 200 years of america coming on the scene, men were walking on the moon. people try to say this is not an exceptional nation. this is the most exceptional nation the world has ever known. you look at the fact we declared our independence in 1776, less than 100 years later, we are the number one economic power on the earth. think about that. and, it is -- there is such a thing as the american way. have you noticed that? there are so many people -- does any other country have a way?
there was the british way. there is no french way. there is no canadian way. there is only in american way. have you noticed you can be un-american, but you cannot be on brazilian. [laughter] you cannot be un-nigerian. there is a very unique thing about being an american. and, all of us are united in one way or another. we are all on the same boat in this country. i remember when i was learning a lot of classical music and classical art and a lot of people in detroit criticized me and they said, you know, it is not culturally relevant to you. have you heard that turn?
culturally relevant. what does that mean to a citizen of the united states of america? take a trip down to ellis island and walk through the gallery there. look at all the pictures from people who came from every part of the globe. in many cases, carrying all of their belongings in their hands. look at their faces. look at their eyes. the determination. people who work not five days a week but six or seven days a week. not eight hours a day, but 10, 12, 16 hours a day. no such thing as a minimum wage. why did they do it? because they were working for their sons and their daughters, their grandsons and their granddaughters. hundreds of years before that, other immigrants came here
involuntarily in the bottom of slave ships. they too had a dream that one day there great-grandson's and great granddaughters might be free to pursue prosperity and success in this country. do you know of all the nations in the world this one, the united states of america, the only one big enough and great enough to allow all those people from all those backgrounds to realize their dreams. that is why i say every single one of us is culturally relevant to every single one of us and that is why we are called the united states of america. it is important for us to keep that in mind because there are so many out there right now who are trying to divide us, to
create friction between all the factions of our society. a war on women, race wars, income wars, age wars, religious wars, you name it. there is a war on it. you can get people fighting each other all the time. we have gone to a point where yes, we have a multiparty system, but it was never intended that the republicans and democrats would hate each other. it was more intended that people would perhaps have different philosophies and be able to sit down and discuss the differences and the similarities and to strengthen each other because they both love america and they both wanted it to succeed.
but, unfortunately, the purveyors of those who want to fundamentally change america had seized a lot of control. this is important for we, the people of america, to realize we are not each other's enemies. the enemies are those who are trying to divide us. if we can remember that, it will make a big difference as we go forward. for me, one of the things that i hated most growing up was poverty. some people hate spiders, some people hate snakes and things like that. but me, i hated poverty. there was never any for anything. i remember we would get coupons to get to the state fair for free.
i was so excited, but never enough money to ride any rides. never enough money to buy any popcorn. i never tasted cotton candy until i was an adult and it was not that good. [laughter] dr. carson: everything looks good when you cannot have it. but, it was a very, very difficult life. my mother worked so hard going from job to job because she did not want to be on welfare. interestingly enough, she recognized that most of the people she saw on welfare never came off of it. therefore, she never wanted to go on it to begin with. she never wanted to be a victim.
for the most part, she was successful. she occasionally accepted aid, but was able to stay off of it because she was very thrifty. she would go to the goodwill and by a pair of trousers with a big hole. this was back before that was fashionable. [laughter] dr. carson: she would buy some patches and put it on both knees. people would say where did you get those? she would take us out on a sunday morning and ask a former if we can pick four bushels of corn or tomatoes or beans. three for you, one for us. they always liked that deal. she would can stuff. she would make everything stretch so far. i'm certainty of my mother was secretary of treasury, we would not be in the deficit situation. [laughter] [applause]
dr. carson: i find it interesting that the left enjoys saying carson grow very poor, him is that had some aid and now wants to withdraw aid from everybody which is a total lie, but this is how they exist. they exaggerate things and like to be able who perhaps do not think deeply for themselves and that is how they manipulate and control people. i have no desire, as i am sure nobody here, has no desire to remove the safety net for people who really need it. i have a desire to create a mechanism for people to move up the economic ladder out of the state of dependency and become a part of the fabric of america. that is what we have to start thinking about. [applause]
dr. carson: nothing wrong with safety nets, that when government handouts become a way of life for able party -- able-bodied people, we are not doing them favors. true compassion is not keeping people in a dependent situation. true compassion is finding a way to liberate them. i was speaking at a program where they would go out on the street and get people who were down and out. they would help them. they would put them through a 13 week program free of charge. buy new clothing. teach them the fundamentals of personal responsibility and how to hold a job. they would help them get a job. they would talk to their employers. 70% of those people are off public aid in the year. one lady who i talked to was
homeless and a drug addict and was three months away from getting her phd. you think about how much wasted talent there is out there. we really cannot afford to be wasting any of our talent because we only have 330 million people. china has over one billion. india has over one billion. we have to compete with them. if we allow large segments of our population to go on educated and unprepared, it is drastically weakening us as a nation. this is something that we must clearly come to an understanding of. one of the reasons that candy and i started the carson scholars fund is because we noticed how many people were dropping out of school. in addition to the part of the
program where we take kids from all backgrounds who achieve at the highest academic levels and also demonstrate they care about other people. we also have a part of the program where we put reading rooms in. we especially target title i schools where a lot of the kids come from homes with no books or very few books. they go to a school with no library or poorly funded library. they are not likely to become readers. 70% to 80% of high school dropouts are functionally illiterate. these reading rooms we put in our just amazing. no little kid -- and, they get points for the number of books they read. they can trade them in for prizes. in the beginning, they do it for prizes but it does not take long for it to show up in their academic performance. and changing the trajectory of their lives.
that is what we are really trying to do. that is what real compassion is all about. i believe that that is something that we can do in this country in a very meaningful and powerful way. the government sometimes they think they are compassionate, but they have not been successful. the war on poverty that was declared by lyndon johnson in the mid-60's -- how successful has it been? they have spent more than $19 trillion on government programs to end poverty. what have we gotten? 10 times more people on food stamps, more welfare, more poverty, more incarceration and crime, broken families, out of wedlock births -- everything that was supposed to be better is not only worse, it is much worse.
and if we are smart, and i believe we are, what we will do is we will say that did not work. let's look at some of things that do work. the things that do work are programs where there are relationships that are established. right here in this state, the save our youth program. where individuals like people in this room mentor students from denver who perhaps were moving in the wrong direction. almost all of those kids end up graduating from high school and going on to college and making something of their lives. it is not because someone is throwing money at them. it is because of relationship that develop and opportunities to instill values and principles
that lead to success. one of our big problems is we are in the process of getting away all of our values and principles for the sake of political correctness and it is absolutely destroying our nation. [applause] dr. carson: we are also in the process of destroying the future for our young people. thomas jefferson said it is immoral to pass debt on to the next generation. yet, what are we doing? over $18 trillion national debt? that is absurd. and, if you think about how much money that is -- if you try to eradicate the debt at a rate of $10 million a day, 365 days the year, it would take you more
than 5000 years. we are putting that on the backs of young people. that is the good news because it is actually worse than that. the fiscal gap -- please read about that when you go home tonight. the american people have to understand what our real financial condition is so you can evaluate what these politicians are saying. no politicians will talk about fiscal gap. i talk about it because i am not a politician. [applause] dr. carson: it is the amount of unfunded liability that we owe as a government. cabinet programs, all the stuff we owe.
the revenue is was the coming from taxes and other revenue sources. those numbers should be identical, but they are not. not by any stretch of the imagination are the identical. it is a gap or fiscal gap. that number right now is over $200 trillion. the only reason we can sustain a number that large is because we are the reserve currency of the world and we can print money which we are doing in a very irresponsible way. if greece could print money, they would not be in trouble either or at least they would not think they are in trouble. they would be but would not think they were. just as we are in huge trouble but we don't think we are in trouble. and we are in the process of
destabilizing the financial foundation of our nation. i have mentioned the fiscal gap during my announcement speech in detroit. the liberal media said next day, what is he talking about? he does not know anything. the very next day, economics agree with carson. that kind of put a -- [applause] dr. carson: that put a pain in their balloon and they shut up. the fact of the matter is we owe it to those coming behind us to understand this and to deal with it. this is the reason we can no
longer accumulate debt. no debt is acceptable at this point. if we were to declare a moratorium on raising the federal budget, do not raise it one penny for three years in a row, we would have a balanced budget. that is all it takes. just a little bit of restraint. i i would suggest more than that. i think the government is way too big. we have to reduce the size of the government very significantly. [applause] dr. carson: i'm not one of those mad flashers. thousands of government employees retire each year. just do not replace them. we shift people around in critical positions, but do not replace them. do that for about four years and all of a sudden you have a reasonably sized government. there are some departments that
could be divided. i think our veterans are horribly taking care of by the veterans administration. [applause] dr. carson: and continuing to take care of our veterans to the department of defense makes a lot more sense because that way they don't fall between the gaps. i have been talking to veterans and they say when you go from one to the other, a whole lot of them fall between the cracks and you cannot get anything done in an efficient way. it makes a huge difference and if we begin to run the
government like we run a business, i probably am a little more entombed to that the vast majority of the other candidates only because i spent 18 years and 16 years on the board of cosco and ran a national scholarship program with my wife. i have an enormous amount of business experience. and know what efficiency looks like. the united states government is not it. they are most inefficient than you have ever seen in your life. in business, we have these turnaround programs like lean six sigma that you apply to the overall structure. toyota did it. 3m -- a lot of different companies have used it to turnaround the efficiency of the program and in the process save usually at least 25%.
if we apply that to programs in our government, the savings would be a lot more than 25%. it is important that the american people deserve an efficient government. most people would not mind paying the money if it was used in an efficient way, but it is crazy what we are doing now. this would be very easy to fix. we also need to recognize that it we can get rid of all the regulations, we can help create that environment that stimulates business and stimulates innovation that stimulates entrepreneurial risk-taking and capital investment. all these regulations are crazy. it was never intended the government should be involved in every aspect of our lives. what people do not realize is every single federal regulation
costs us money in terms of goods and services. it costs us money. and, who gets hit the most with that? the middle class and the lower classes, because everybody has to pay the same. and the progressives sit there and say the reason why we have these income gaps is because the rich people have too much money. no, no. the reason is because these regulations are driving prices that they have to pay out of their meager salaries and it does not give them the opportunity to be able to save and accumulate. we will have to start making sure people actually understand what is going on in this country so that when people come along -- i will not mention anyone particularly -- but they will say we will give free higher education for everybody.
all that is doing as driving the fiscal gap and accelerating the financial collapse of the nation. these are things, i was people understand, they can be easily fooled. if i were trying to destroy this country, and i were in a leadership position, what i would do is i would drive wedges between all the people. i would make them all hate each other and think they were each other's enemies. then, i would drive the debt to unsustainable levels. i would be trying to get everybody on the special welfare programs and food stamps, i would be giving out free telephones, inviting people in from other countries and putting them on benefits. i would be offering free education.
i would just completely destabilize the financial structure and then i would weaken the military and create depression and get all the good generals to retire because they don't want to be a part of it. i would weaken the navy so would be added smallest level since 1970 and the air force since 1940 and our marine corps would not be combat ready. i i would push for the sequestration so our lieutenant colonels and majors were getting letters every month. cutting out a heart of the personnel of our military and i would have the worst v.a. system anybody would imagine so nobody would want to join the military. that is what i would do if i were trying to destroy the country.
[applause] dr. carson: any resemblance that is going on is purely coincidental. it shows you that we are in trouble. this is america. this is the nation of the can-do attitude which we are replacing with the what can you do for me attitude. we must begin to think ahead. the only reason that i have gotten into this race is because as a pediatric neurosurgeon, i spent my hope rational career looking out -- hold professional career looking out for the next generation. i see what is happening. it is not good. i look at our electrical grid and it is extraordinarily vulnerable.
we need to work on that. we need to have two or three levels of alternative energy available to us. we need to restart, in a big way, the space program. we have to spend money every time you want to send an astronaut to space to the russians. when we had a good space program going on, we had all kinds of innovation going on. look at all the things that came out of the space program. your cell phone came out of the space program. when we stopped that, we heard ourselves. i don't care about men walking on mars, but i care about the many things we are missing out on. not to mention the fact that whoever controls space will
control earth. we have enemies out there and they want to destroy us. if we are just sitting here looking at the football game and worrying about who is on "dancing with the stars," we will wake up one day and have a very different world. we have to begin to think ahead. we have to use our energy resources. we have enormous energy but we have these archaic rules that keep us from using that energy in an appropriate way. think what we could do. we have the ability to liquefy gas. we can export it. we can make europe dependent on us and set of putin and that will put him back in his little box where he belongs. these are the kinds of things -- [applause]
dr. carson: those are the kinds of things that we have to be thinking about. i know i need to wrap up, but just one other thing is -- in order for us to succeed in the future in this complex nation in which we live, we the people must be involved. we must be willing to stand up for what we believe in. freedom is not free. it must be fought for. the secular progressives, they do not care whether you believe what they believe or not as long as you keep your mouth shut. sit down and shut up and let them drive.
the problem is that they are driving us off a cliff and we must be wise and we must be brave. think about all those people who preceded us and think about what they were willing to give up so that you and i could be free. everyone in here has a sphere of influence. your friends, your family, your colleagues. please begin to talk to them. just like our predecessors did in the prerevolutionary days. they talk about what nation do they want to pass on to their children and grandchildren. what are we willing to fight for? what are we willing to die for?
that is the question that each of us faces and i can guarantee you that if we will get involved and not wait for somebody else to do it, we will take this country back in record time and we will move to a pinnacle much higher than anything we or anybody else has ever seen before and we will truly have one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all. thank you so much. [applause] dr. carson: thank you. >> thank you, dr. carson for that great talk. we have a few minutes for questions. we have a lot of people who have questions. i want to begin by noting a pullout last night shows you surging. you are currently ahead of governor bush, senator cruz and marco rubio. [applause] >> this is an unusual field. a messy field. not sure what to make of it. between you and carly fiorina and donald trump, people who are not held public office -- what the you make of this? what do you say to people about your electability? dr. carson: i think it means the american people are waking up and they are starting to realize
that political experience is not the answer. if you take all the political experience of everybody in congress right now, it comes out to 9000 years. where has it gotten us? what really is important is do you know how to solve problems? are you a problem solver and the you know how to work with other people? one of the things that has become very apparent to me throughout my career and my life in the world of business and sitting on university boards and every place -- i found out we have some amazing people in this country. incredible people in all kinds of areas. i have learned an enormous amount about foreign affairs by talking to people in the military and the cia and government and academia. and, hopefully in the next debate, they'll ask me about foreign affairs. [laughter]
dr. carson: the point is we have tremendous people. if you get somebody who knows how to work with tremendous people, you will be amazed of how rapidly we will ascend to the top again. >> thank you. [applause] >> general question about government and the problems we face. if we cut too much, that scares people. but if we don't cut enough and reduce it, we will go broke because of the debt problem. you are a surgeon. how do you go about operating on the american government? [laughter] dr. carson: cut all the pork. no. when i would do is i would call in every departmental director and i would say you need to cut two to 3% out of your budget over this next year. if you cannot do it, turning your resignation now because you will be fired.
the fact of the matter is i guarantee you there are two's percent to 3% fat in a recent budget. at least that. the next year i would say you did a good job, let's do it again. do that three or four years in a row and you have substantial reduction along with the hiring freeze that i mentioned earlier. along with applying things like lean six sigma and along with bringing in experts on efficiency. i think that would do it. >> the number one driver of our debt are entitlements which raises important questions. social security, things that people depend on. we have a lot of people, younger people watching this. what are you going to do about those things and their future? dr. carson: let me address one
of them because we can talk about all of them all day long -- social security. it is basically a ponzi scheme. it would be basically ok if we had not stolen from it and adjusted with time where we put in the average age of death was 63 and now it is 80. we have not adjusted appropriately. what i would suggest is we allow people to opt out of receiving social security payments in lieu of tax credits for the same amount. they would be about 20% of our population who could easily do that. that immediately takes pressure off the system. right now, it is scheduled to go into bankruptcy in 2033 and that is not that long from now. that extends the time period significantly.
what we can do at that point is gradually start to raise the age for anybody who is under the age of 55. we will not mess with anybody who is 55 and older. >> let me mention some specific issues. an issue in the campaign so far, somewhat unexpected -- immigration. we are a nation of immigrants but we have some problems. how do you understand the problem and what do we need to do? dr. carson: our immigration problems will not be fixed until we fix the border. [applause] dr. carson: we were in arizona at the border last week and even though i recognize there are significant problems, i did not know it was as bad as this. i mean, those fences -- those are the same fences i used to scale as a kid. nothing to it at all. [laughter]
dr. carson: there was one area where they had cut a wired area through the fence and to repair it they put barbed wire across and there was -- they one it's a film us from the mexican side and they went through the area. they were not particularly athletic people. [laughter] carson: there is no barrier. the poor sheriffs and deputies in the area risk their lives doing things and have to deal with the same people because if we deport them which we do not, they come right back. there is no penalty for people. there is drug trafficking that is going crazy. you can buy more heroin than a pack of cigarettes.
new york city, baltimore, places like that. it is destroying us. listen to the farmers and their stories of terror. our fences are not protected. that has to be fixed first and we can do that. you have to turn off the -- many of them do not want to stay under those circumstances. everybody else has to register to become a guest worker. assuming they don't have a criminal record. anything that is negative. they can become a guest worker. they have to pay it back tax penalty.
they have to pay taxes. i talked to a farmer in south dakota, and $8,000 acre farm. he starts at eight dollars an hour. they could not hire a single american. i think our farming industry would collapse. i think our hotel industry would collapse. we have to be realistic about that. we cannot just say they. those people who registered will not be able to vote. they do not become citizens. if they want to become citizens, they get in the back of the line and go through the same process because we cannot neglect the people who have done it the right way. and then also, large amount of people are people who of here have overstayed their visas. we do not even talk about those people.
i would enact a program where whatever country they came from that is 10 visas that will not be issued because of each one person who violates their visa. that puts a lot of social pressure on them to go back. [applause] >> the follow-up on that -- you emphasize unity. pulling people together, not dividing. are we having a good conversation and how would you improve the conversation with the american people about this question which is a divisive question? dr. carson: i don't think there is a good conversation about it. you know some of you might , remember last week -- a lot of the left wing media -- you want to use drones to kill people on the border? you know, because i mentioned drones would be excellent for surveillance and could be used to get rid of some of the caves. you have to go and see what i am talking about, but i have these high peaks and caves hidden and
that is how they communicate with each other so they can guide the people around the vast areas without getting caught. very easy to close those caves with one of those shots and they are gone. boom! [laughter] [applause] dr. carson: the fact of the matter is, my point is we should get the military involved. we have a national guard. why is it called the national guard? so what can guard the nation. we can easily employ them there as well as they can be sitting around somewhere doing some else. >> a specific question -- gun control. where are you on that? dr. carson: i believe the second amendment is extraordinarily important. there is no way we can ever allow it to be compromised. [applause] dr. carson: it was daniel
webster who said the people of america would never live under -- underhey had access tyranny. at all the places where tyranny has occurred, they got rid of the guns. we cannot let that happen. i don't have any problems with background checks and enforcing the laws that are on the books, but i would vigorously protest any attempt to remove our rights as citizens to bear arms. [applause] >> let's give you an opportunity to talk about relations, america's role in the world. an unusual nation, we have played a great role throughout history but now we have these executive agreements where congress is not involved. we are talking to the iranians.
it is a mess. what do you think about that? what would you do about it? dr. carson: we have to be very proactive. our foreign policy is to react to what other people are doing and that does not work. we have to recognize what the dangers are. a lot of people say we made a big mistake when we went into iraq. in 2003. we don't want to do that again because we lost a lot of people, money, but you have to be smart enough to realize that was a different situation. and saddam was not an existential threat to us and the global jihadists are. they want to destroy us and our way of life and israel. so we need to be saying why are they so successful? they are successful because they look like winners. they are establishing the caliphate they wanted.
they are taking half of iraq, a third of syria, they have a foothold in tunisia, foothold in nigeria and they look like winners. how do we stop that? we make them look like losers. how do we do that? we take land from them and we can do that. i spoke to several of our generals and they said if we gave them that mission and did not tie hands behind their backs and tell them they have to fight a politically correct war, they can take that in no time and that is what we have to do. [applause] >> i could go on, we are running out of time. the last point -- so much american greatness comes from our constitution and the declaration. how does a president go about restoring that?
we will end on that. dr. carson: well, think first of all, the president himself has to understand the constitution. [laughter] [applause] dr. carson: and, i think all the other branches also have to understand it. one of the things i would do, first off, is call a joint session of congress, invite the supreme court as well, and make it clear to them that we work for the people, the people do not work for us. that is absolutely essential. [applause] carson: then, i think just a brief tutorial about the constitution and what it means. you know for instance, just one , example, the constitution states very clearly what the enumerated powers are. it says everything not mentioned here goes back to the states.
we need to re-emphasize that because the federal government has no business in everybody's business. also, the constitution states that civil issues are to be handled at the state level and the reason for that is because the people themselves get to decide the kind of thing that they want to govern the way they live. and when you take civil issues and you kick them out to the federal level, to the supreme court level, then you have unelected people determining the lifestyle of the people of the nation. that is exactly what the founders were trying to escape from. we don't want to trade a monarchy. for an oligarchy. leadership kind of that truly understands that. it is one of the reasons why
candy and i wrote a book that will come out in october called "a more perfect union." it is about the constitution and what it really means. most people know we have a constitution but most people do not know what is in it and certainly our government does not seem to know. so if we can get people to talk about this and understand -- the left will come out and say i am trying to make money. i knew he was just running to sell books. and make money. but you know, i have an answer for them and i will tell you what it is. i will knock them off their stools. thank you all very much. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] announcer: more road to the
white house coverage now with john kasich. he was recently in bedford, new hampshire for a party hosted by assistance executive. the ohio governor k for marks and spoke one-on-one with those attending. [applause] gov. kasich: we will make this like a jump rope. can we give a big round of applause for the host and hostess? [applause] i understand that everyone here will get a canned ham when you leave. they have a beautiful -- how about this? when i'm president everybody will have a backyard like this. [laughter] i was here years ago and he told a story about this sled dog, i did go sled racing and i thought i was going to drown. thought i was going to drown.
but a story about that, i was in this house and i was talking to this lady and we were talking and standing at the sink and it was going great. i thought, i have myself a town captain here. there is no question about this. then after about 20 minutes she , looked at her watch and said, "when do you think the candidate will get here?" that's when i knew it was time to go back to ohio. a little bit different this time. so i want to thank everyone here for coming. i will do a short bio. so then i will take your questions. i do come from pittsburgh. my father and his father was a coal miner. my mother was a very smart lady, but very undereducated. she was highly opinionated. and her mother lived with us off and on and she could barely speak english. the town where i grew up, i
don't remember except for one guy who lived catty corner to us. i never remember seeing a white shirt. everyone in this town had a blue-collar, i never remember seeing a white shirt. everyone in my hometown was a democrat. we do not have republicans living there. it was a conservative, god-fearing common sense town. if the wind blew the wrong way, people found themselves out of work. i was talking to agent him and -- i was talking to a gentleman here whose father was the postmaster in downtown pittsburgh, apparently had a lot of say in the area. the reason i bring that up is -- i was never aware of us getting special things. you know, we never got a ticket to go see the world series. we never got a ticket to go see the playoff games. i can't hardly remember whether
or not we even got a ticket to go see the steelers play. because we just didn't have those connections. i have not talked much about this, but i learned as a kid to kind of fight for the underdog. i learned as a kid to stick up for people who a lot of times people don't stick up for. and that is burned in my soul. that does not mean that people who are successful need to be torn down. i can remember my father saying to me, johnny, we do not hate the rich, we want to be the rich. and so my values were shaped in that little town. and i really carry that through my whole lifetime. my mother was very opinionated. and i learned a lot from her, because she was someone who really -- she would shake it up.
she was a change agent and it is a shame she didn't have an education, because of what she could have done. and my parents always kind of planted -- i will tell you an interesting story. the one thing i wanted to be, i wanted to play on the little league team. i was a pretty good ballplayer, but i was a little skinny guy who would be easy to ignore. when you try out for the baseball team, you put a number on your back. it is not like baseball teams today where everybody gets a trophy. back then, you have a number on your back and run out into the field. when i think back, my glove was bigger than me. and so what would happen, you go out there for batting practice, go out to the field. you go for a day or two. then the coaches would write your number down and they would call you and tell you that you are on the team.
i never got a call. i never got a call. and i said to my father, dad, a lot of kids at the school yard, they are on baseball teams, but they do not play as well as i do. but their dads are coaches or know somebody, so could you talk to somebody and get me on the team? you know what my dad said, johnny you will earn it. we are not going to owe anybody anything. think about that for a second. what a powerful statement that was to an 11-year-old boy. that is how i have conducted myself. if you support me, give me something, it does not get you anything special or it i will know you and i will respect you and listen to you. but, nobody calls the tune on john kasich. nobody. maybe the lord, but nobody.
no doubt my wife -- [laughter] other than that. but when you combine the sense of sticking up for people who have not always been heard and you combine that with a sense of people should have the right to grow and become something big. johnny we do not hate the rich, we want to be the rich. and then about my mother being independent, having an independent voice. it has made me in some ways a different kind of public official. i moved to ohio and i went to ohio state. i do not mince my words -- i was in michigan today and i didn't tell them that i went to ohio state -- well, i did. they know. [laughter]